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Imperative mandate as a punishment for leaving the coalition

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News / 17 June 2008 | 17:54

Imperative mandate as a punishment for leaving the coalition

Imperative mandate as a punishment for leaving the coalition

People’s deputy (NU-NS) Pavlo Zhebrytskyi is confident that most of the faction will not vote for the bill providing imperative mandate. He stated at the VR podium, as ForUm’s correspondent reported.

According to Zhebrytskyi, people’s deputies can’t vote for this draft bill.

The people’s deputy asked if people’s deputies can afford to go out of the Constitution norms by voting for imperative mandate. “I am sure, they can’t,” said the parliamentarian.

He believes that the leaders of the parties should be responsible for those they have included in their lists.

The parliamentarian assumed that authors of the bill intend to punish But and Rybakov for their leaving the coalition.

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Yushchenko about outer testing for pupils

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News / 17 June 2008 | 16:34

Yushchenko about outer testing for pupils

Implementing of outer testing is one of the most successful reforms in the educational system of Ukraine, stated President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko during the meeting with the chief executives of the outer independent testing.

According to Yushchenko, Ukraine can be proud of this year testing.

The President is confident that millions of pupils will seel the advantages of outer testing next year. He emphasized that that it is more fair system of access to higher education (bachelor, master degree, ed.).

‘Since now there will be a competition in knowledge instead of wallets,’ said Yushchenko.

He also said there are 3 main tasks for the Ukrainian authority now: complete the process of technical equipment, in particular computerization of schools; complete the process of bringing the national educational system to international standards and solve the problem of corruption in high school (institutes, universities, academies, ed.)

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Russians about Russian language in Ukraine

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News / 17 June 2008 | 15:38

Russians about Russian language in Ukraine

Russians about Russian language in Ukraine

On June 16, the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation made commentary regarding the administrative influence on Russian language in Ukraine on the official web-site of MFA.

Taking part in the international forum of Russianists in Lugansk, a major event in the humanitarian life of Ukraine, were authoritative philologists and linguists from different countries of the world who are far from being indifferent to the present and future of the Russian language in Ukraine. Many speakers at this representative forum stated with bitterness that Russian in Ukraine is being subjected to all manner of persecution. Thus, the country has over the last 16 years issued more than 70 legal and regulatory acts aimed at its limitation in sociopolitical life.

In particular, it was pointed out that schools are being forcibly converted from Russian to Ukrainian as a medium of instruction, which official statistics bear out: of the 20,600 previously existing secondary schools only 1,345 still conduct instruction in Russian. In Kyiv, for example, only six out of the 3,550 schools remain where Russian speech can still be heard. Much-warranted concern was also expressed over Russian-speaking postsecondary teachers being dismissed everywhere and the ban imposed on the use of aids in the Russian language. Reasonable grievances were voiced that teachers of Russian language and literature receive lower pay than their colleagues – teachers of Ukrainian and foreign languages and so on.

Unfortunately, the above facts are only a fraction of what is actually happening with the “erosion” of Russian in Ukraine, which is an object of rigid and massive administrative pressure. In this regard, one can point to the measures for ousting Russian from television and radio broadcasts, the Ukrainianization of film distribution, conversion of the higher education system to Ukrainian, introduction of obligatory tests for school leavers in Ukrainian, reduction of the import of Russian books, use of Ukrainian only in passenger transport services, the order that dissertations be defended in the state (Ukrainian) language only, the calls to curb the informational “expansion” of foreign media (read Russian-language media and so on). As a result the authorities “have got what they wanted”: population literacy has sharply fallen, people knowing neither Ukrainian nor Russian resort to the so called surzhik, a mix of Ukrainian and Russian. All these awkward actions to de-Russify the cultural/humanitarian space have already placed Ukraine 67th in the world for population literacy.

The stubborn unwillingness of the supporters of speeded Ukrainianization to solve the problem of Russian on the basis of existing legislative and appropriate international acts leads to an alienation of a considerable part of the population from authority and creates a tense atmosphere in society, for nearly 50 percent of the population in Ukraine considers that the Russian language should be given special status. But Kyiv, it seems, does not hear the voice of the people. Prosecutor’s offices even appeal against the decisions of regional councils of southeastern regions to grant to Russian the status of regional language in accordance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, ratified by Ukraine. As was stressed at the forum, power structures have adopted the Charter for its “external use” only.

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Pro et contra NATO near Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv

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News / 17 June 2008 | 15:10

Pro et contra NATO near Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv

Pro et contra NATO near Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv

About 200 activists of the Communist Party of Ukraine and the Progressive socialistic party of Ukraine picket the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, where NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer will be giving a lecture for students.

Activists with flags of CPU and PSPU are separated from the building by militia.

At the same place, near the academy there are supporters of Ukraine’s joining NATO with flags of Our Ukraine party and flags with a slogan “NATO – Yes!”.

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Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s accedence into NATO solved by referendum

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News / 17 June 2008 | 14:25

Ukraine's accedence into NATO solved by referendum

Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s accedence into NATO solved by referendum

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is convinced that Ukraine’s accedence to NATO proves possible only in the aftermath of the national referendum. She announced on the outcomes of a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, as the Cabinet’s press service reports.

‘Ukraine’s accedence to the NATO proves possible exceptionally after an all-national referendum and no politician can approve such a crucial and strategic decision without Ukrainian people’s decision,’ Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized. At this Premier added that she would fulfill any decision made by Ukrainian citizens concerning this issue.

Yulia Tymoshenko doesn’t back an initiative of the Regions Party representatives on holding a separate referendum in terms of joining Ukraine to the NATO MAP (Membership Action Plan) and takes it as provocation.

The Head of Government reminded that Universal of National Unity, having been signed some time back by the leader of the Regions Party Viktor Yanukovych, contains that the referendum has to be held only in terms of Ukraine’s joining NATO.

However, Prime Minister stressed that a law of Ukraine “On principles of national security” approved by forces of the Regions Party faction envisages acquiring by Ukraine a full-fledged membership in all-European and regional systems of collective security, membership in the European Union and North Atlantic Alliance Organizations.”

The Government’s Head considers issues of Ukraine’s participation in NATO are extremely politicized, especially during the election campaigns. In this connection Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko presented to NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer a monograph by Viktor Yanukovych titled “Strategy of economic and social development of Ukraine” where its author, being the Prime Minister then, clearly declared that he sees Ukraine’s accedence to the NATO in 2008.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko this book symbolizes that all politicians in Ukraine, without any exceptions, staying at power support the issue of Ukraine’s accedence into NATO.

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Ukraine in “Eastern Partnership” with EU

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News / 17 June 2008 | 13:58

Ukraine in “Eastern Partnership” with EU

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel approves Sweden-Polish initiative “Eastern Partnership”, which provides intensification of cooperation between EU and Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Merkel stated earlier in Hdansk (Poland) at the joint press-conference with prime minister of Poland Donald Tusk, as deutsche welle reports.

‘I believe we all will have benefits if we, following the policy of neighbors, will cooperate closely with our east neighbors. On Friday, I will apply to the EU Commission for they make clear proposals and the initiative would not remain a title but become the beginning of concrete projects,’ said Merkel.

Tusk, in turn, said that Berlin and Warsaw work on the question of European prospect for Ukraine.

As ForUm reported, in May 2008, Poland and Sweden offered EU to form “Eastern partnership” with Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. This organization is to unite, except Ukraine, 27 countries of EU.

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No spirits for school-leavers in Lutsk!

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News / 17 June 2008 | 12:54

No spirits for school-leavers in Lutsk!

Trade in spirits will be prohibited for the time of school-leaving parties in Luts’k, according to the direction of the city head Bohdan Shyba, as the mayor press office reported.
 
Concerning school-leaving parties held in the city educational institutions and in order to minimize the risks of possible violation of public order during the celebration, on June 27 trade in strong drinks is prohibited in the stores on the streets of Lesya Ukrainka, Vynnychenko, Shopen and Volya Avenue.
 
Luts’k city department of the MIA administration in the Volyn region was charged to provide intensified duties of militia in public places.
 
The city mayor noted that since this week there will be inspections of stores regarding trade in strong drinks to youth. Those who violate the law will be made answerable for it. Besides, the city head promised that he will address to taxation departments ‘to be faultfinding to the entrepreneurs and enterprises which provided trade in strong drinks to youth”.
 

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Day in the history of OUN

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News / 17 June 2008 | 11:46

Day in the history of OUN

Day in the history of OUN

On June 17, 1946 MIA of USSR adopted a plan on the liquidation of troops of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). The official date of foundation of the organization is January 1929 at the constituent congress of OUN in Vienna; it joined the Ukrainian Military Organization (UVO), the League of Ukrainian nationalists and the Group of nationalistic youth. OUN became a classical radical right-wing organization. UPA (the Ukrainian Rebel Army, ed.) which is often confused with OUN, was a military organization with its regulations, tactics, strategy and own command. There were many members of other parties and organizations in UPA. The official foundation date of Bandera’s military units is October 14, 1942.
 
Soviet historiography calls both rebels and OUN members bandits. Even now many think like this. While 10 years after World War II this army could fight without external assistance and even death of Roman Shukhevych – UPA chief commander on March 5, 1950 didn’t lead to the destruction of UPA – by that time it functioned through separate units. The last fight of UPA with soviet militia was registered in 1961. According to different researches UPA units numbered from 30 to100 thousand people. Most of them died in actions or became victims of Stalin’s repressions and were sentenced to 15-25 years of imprisonment.
 

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